Elizabeth Montalbano | Sept. 17, 2013 | Design News
Purdue University doctoral student Matthew Beason works on equipment for research that is part of a national effort to develop new materials created using shock waves similar to those generated by meteorites striking the Earth.
How do you create new materials stronger than anything that exists today? Create shock conditions similar to a meteorite striking the Earth, exert them on the material, and see what happens.
At least that’s the theory behind research at the Center for Shock Wave-processing of Advanced Reactive Materials (C-SWARM), a center comprised of scientists from Purdue University, the University of Notre Dame, and Indiana University.